The Pests - "I Admit It""

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The Pests - "I Admit It"

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The Pests bio: Hailing from one of the world's most fascinating cities, a unique melting pot of culture and music The Pests are one of New Orleans longest running and most popular post-punk bands. The band recently paid homage to their punk roots with the early 2014 released 7" single Disturbance in the Gulf featuring the songs "Pissed and Menacing" and "Kill Her Some More" from their upcoming self-produced new album A Damn Fine Mixture, currently being mastered by Scott Hull {Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys) at Masterdisk and due out this November on the bands own 60 Grit label.

The Pests are Steve Halprin -vocals/guitar, Chuck Diesel - bass/vocals, and Mazz-1 on drums. Using humor to tackle some real issues in their songs the band at times might be misunderstood, but listen closely because they have something to say.

With their first album Simplified their hardcore fans latched on to the rougher songs like "Life is Sweet," the title track, "Simplified" and over-the-top aggressive "G.A.G.", a testament to the seemingly self-destructive devotion necessary for life on the road. The album wasn't without controversy, however. The song "Nazi Trot" was often misconstrued, but if the lyrics were ever noted, the vehemently anti-Nazi stance would be obvious. Despite the hardcore lean on some tracks, the one that stood out was the infectious anthem "I Hate My Girlfriend." Oddly, the success it brought them with local radio play and television appearance would also lead to unexpected set-backs.

As the buzz on this DIY band grew in came the offers from record labels and industry insiders who made offers, demanded changes and ultimately made more than their fair share of broken promises. The band was re-named, a new album was rushed and industry executives tried to claim credits for songs that he had absolutely no part in writing. Chuck was so soured over the events that he temporary quit, thinking he was ready to give up music forever.

In keeping with the philosophies expounded in their song G.A.G., Steve and Mazz-1 had no choice. They decided to keep going, but without Chuck. They recorded only one album and called it Up For Anything. It was done completely DIY in Mazz-1's garage, and despite the raw and seemingly sub-standard quality, it spawned the contagious song "I've Got a Feeling" which began to get a lot of play on local radio and lead to sold-out club dates.

Having a new found motivation, Chuck re-joined and began work on "We Reserve the Right to be Impolite", a definite look back on the harder sound that crowds had become Accustomed to years earlier. "Rockabilly is Ruining my Life" was released in 2012 on 7" vinyl and once again the band saw heavy rotation on commercial and college radio.

Now back to their DIY roots and original line-up the band is back, road ready and revitalized. They have garnered a large and very devoted following in their hometown and now they are poised to make their mark on the rest of the world.

About The Video: "We've all done things in life that shouldn't be talked about, but at some point we have to come clean. We usually don't learn from our lessons and we will definitely do it again, and unfortunately we like doing it." says The Pests about the song and video. Director Name: Eric Lacour

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This Legend - "Holiday from Crazy"

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This Legend bio: It’s no surprise that creating a band takes a lot of work, but coming out of previously successful bands and having to start from scratch takes honest passion. For the first time in over ten years, best friends Longineu Parsons III “LP” and Ben Harper, both formerly of Yellowcard, re-united in May, 2014. They have enlisted Chris Castillo of 'Stanley and the Search' and Steven Neufeld of 'HeyMike!' to form 'This Legend'.

With a world renowned trumpet player as a dad, it was inevitable that LP would become an unstoppable musician. Starting at the tender age of two, LP quickly picked up the drums with the help of professionals drum instructors Max Roach and Art Blakey. Fast forward several years, LP would meet soo-to-be best friend and guitarist Ben Harper at Douglas Anderson School of The Arts. The two formed what would become the well known pop-punk band 'Yellowcard' and toured the world together for many years. Harper would later leave Yellowcard to continue his musical endeavors with his self-founded label, Takeover Records. One of his first signings would be 'HeyMike!', a punk band from Camarillo, CA. The band saw moderate success throughout the mid-2000’s with the help of Harper’s guidance. Harper and Neufeld, the band’s singer/guitarist, became close friends during their time working together. Also spawning from the local scene, Castillo (having previously played in several San Gabriel Valley bands including 'Stanley and the Search') caught the attention of NOFX guitarist El Hefe and wife Jen Abeyta, as a significantly talented singer/songwriter.

After LP’s departure from Yellowcard in March of 2014, he partnered with Harper to collaborate again. Unsure of what was to come musically, the duo wanted to lean on El Hefe for advice. El Hefe suggested they begin writing with Castillo, a musician he and Jen had taken under their wing for some time. After solidifying a singer, guitarist and drummer, a bassist and backing vocalist was needed. The group enlisted long time friend Neufeld to fill the slot. 2014 would prove to be the perfect year of break-ups and make-ups. In May of 2014, the band would sign to 'Cyber Tracks', an LA based record label owned by El Hefe (guitarist of NOFX) and Jen Abeyta. Upon selecting the band name 'This Legend', LP stated, “It's a positive statement to say, 'no matter who you are and no matter how many times you get put down in the world, you can look at yourself in the mirror and see a legend'.”

Vid info: Director: Travis Mauck. Producer: Travis Dixon

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The Venomous Pinks - "Can We Go

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The Venomous Pinks is a quartet of girls, ready to break the rules. As one of the only all girl rock bands in the Phoenix area, they will break your heart and bust your balls. Influenced by Joan Jett and The Ramones, these four talented musicians channel a unique sound that is rock and roll with attitude. With Drea Doll on guitar/vocals, Gaby Kaos on guitar/bass/vocals, Corrie Zazzera on guitar and Jewlz on drums, this foursome of musicians will intoxicate you with their tantalizing talent, high energy, and no holds barred attitude. With their salacious sound, they’ve cultivated quite the following, causing crowds to line up at national shows. Putting on a presentation that showcases their gregarious girl power, this band leaves audiences wanting more. This foursome is well on the way to becoming one of the hottest bands around.

Bands we've opened for: Johnny Rotten's PiL, Swingin Utters, CH3, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Business, The Freeze, Betty Blowtorch, Sean & Zander, The Adicts, The Queers, Authority Zero, The Lawrence Arms, The Creepshow, The Phenomenauts, Naked Aggression, The Weirdos, Guttermouth, The Copyrights,The Last, Anti-Flag and many more.

About The Video: Director: Kristopher Juniel & Erin Frisbie, Producer: Erin Frisbie

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The Obvious - "Dr., Dr."

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The Obvious artfully combine late 70's punk and early 90's alternative with their own demented twist, making gritty ear candy of their catchy tunes.

About The Video: This video captures the visceral and frothing expression the band is known for in both live and recorded performances. Violent, pissed-off, and unhinged, The Obvious feed off of almost supernatural energy in a way that could be described as posessed by hints of legitimate insanity. Producer: Travis Meyers / JT Haberstat

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Left Alone - "Leather Bound Book "

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Left Alone returns in their true form, serving up their strongest and most aggressive record to date. With the catchy sing along punk rock, up beat ska, and a little country, Harbor Area is an 11 song collection that is packed full of what Left Alone is known for. The band recorded this album with long time friend and producer TJ Rivera (Rufio/Nitro Records/Poor Habit/ Fat Records) in August 2012. They tracked over 20 songs and released the Hate the Day EP in 2013 for a Japan tour from those sessions. After Cortez took a break in 2013 from recording to tour and play guitar with The Transplants and Tim Timebomb and Friends, the band returned to the studio in early 2014 to put together the songs that would eventually become Harbor Area. The inspiration behind this record comes from the personal experiences that lead singer Elvis Cortez (one of the hardest working punk rockers today) has accumulated growing up in the South Bay of Los Angeles, an area that spews over with gang violence, crime and overall sense of no future. The album kicks off with the explosive song ‘Harbor Area’ which speaks of the violence and death that plagues the streets that Cortez calls home, and ends with the song “Malcontent’ which explores the inner struggles of growing up on the streets of Wilmington. Simply put, this album lyrically establishes a new level of personal insight that is rare to find in todays lackluster music. Speaking within the confinements of the 110 Fwy, The 405, the 710 and the Port of Wilmington. Harbor Area is a love letter by Cortez to his hometown and the place where it all began.

Vid info: Directed by Steve Guerrero, produced by Elvis Cortez.

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